Volume 60, Number 2 August 20, 2012
He joined the College of Business at SF State in 1975 as Professor of Operations Research and Business Forecasting. He taught courses and graduate seminars in operations analysis, management science and business forecasting until his retirement in 2003. Rech was passionate about teaching, which he believed required him "to create an environment where learning could take place." Rech created that environment by demystifying difficult concepts and through amicable interaction with his students; long before Donald Trump used it, Rech said "you're fired" to students when they answered wrong. In turn, students created a crystal ball forecasting prop that said "you’re fired" when one gazed into it.
Rech's research involved him in both theoretical and applied research covering most fields of management science and operations research and a variety of application areas for more than 25 years. He was also a member of the Operations Research Society of America and The Institute of Management Science.
A memorial is planned for Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 3355 19th Avenue (at Winston). Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.
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